Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is effective for most patients with a diagnosis of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. OAT is also effective at treating snoring and often used in conjuction with CPAP in patients with very severe obstructive sleep apnea.
There are dozens of designs for these appliances but they all attempt to do the same thing: keep the airway open while patients sleep. Typically an oral appliance is designed with elements to keep the lower jaw and tongue from collapsing back and closing the airway. Most patients find the appliance very comfortable.
Because each patient is unique, we will take time to explain the appliance and determine which will be the best match.
Oral appliances come in many shapes and forms. After reviewing your dental history, and your sleep report, we will work with you to find the appliance that best suits your needs.
Warning: Please do not fall victim to the commercials you may see on TV promoting “snoring appliances”. Your problem is serious and requires expert care. (2 easy payments of $19.95 cannot provide this to you!) There is a critical difference between a custom-made appliance rendered by an experienced dentist and a clumsy one-size-fits-all appliance offered on TV.